STARKVILLE — David Turner is leaving Mississippi State’s football coaching staff to join Joker Phillips’ new staff at Kentucky, MSU athletic director Greg Byrne confirmed this afternoon.
Turner, 47, spent three years coaching State’s defensive linemen under head coaches Sylvester Croom (2007-08) and Dan Mullen (2009).
Turner worked with Phillips in 1993 and 1994 when Turner coached defensive ends at Kentucky and Phillips coached wide receivers. Phillips, who was previously Kentucky’s offensive coordinator, took over for Rich Brooks when he announced his retirement earlier this month.
Turner didn’t respond to a voice mail and text messages today.
His departure means State is now searching for two new coaches on its defensive staff, including a defensive coordinator. The previous coordinator, Carl Torbush, left last month.
In an interview last week with his hometown newspaper, the Sanford (N.C.) Herald, Turner acknowledged having conversations with Mullen about State’s defensive coordinator opening.